Here's what's going on


Ginny Brewer, Norma Gardner, Carolyn Glock, Marti Irey, Luci Martin, Evelyn Now, Jane Selby, Paul Stein, and Ginny Wade. 


We all have a lot of questions about the process of finding our next pastor. Our Church Council leadership has been in contact with the Northwest Ohio Synod and with the Council at St. Paul in North Star. We are working on the process and appreciate your cooperation and patience. Please feel free to contact any of our St. John Lutheran Church Council at your convenience.  See bulletin insert for phone numbers.
President, Brian Miller
VP, Jennifer Barrett
Secretary, Kendall Robinson
Member, Lauren Fuelling
Member, Pam Rasawehr
Member, Shane Stachler

Temporary Office Location Change

Beginning the week of September 25th, Rachel will be working from the Pastor’s Office so that the main office can be renovated. The main office will then be closed the week of October 2nd.
This September we will be celebrating all that we receive at the communion table. Each Sunday through the lectionary we will remember and respond to the invitation to our place at the table of Christ, where we accept a life that embraces God’s gifts of hospitality, love, peace, grace, and joy. The series will end on October 1st, when we will celebrate World Communion Sunday.

Children's Choir

The first rehearsal for our Children's Choir will be at 5:00 Wednesday, October 11th in the choir room. 

Are you a Thrivent Member?

Are you a Thrivent member? Thrivent is a financial organization with deep roots in the Lutheran Church.
Did you know?  If you are a Thrivent member with an annuity or life insurance policy, Thrivent gives you two opportunities each year to provide $250 in action team funding (and t-shirts!) to church or community events?

If you have never put your Thrivent Action Team money to work, we can help. Contact the church office, Thrivent, or your Thrivent representative.

Thrivent Sponsors needed

We are looking for Thrivent members to “host” events for upcoming events. Contact the Office for more information.

Walking 5K

The Purple Door Pacers invite you to this year’s 5K Walk on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 am. Come join us and walk at your own pace.
  • No Entry Fee required and ALL are welcome! 

Wernle Day 2023

Make a gift or a pledge to Wernle by October 8th, and the gift will be matched by St Jacob Lutheran Church, up to $25,000. Gifts may be sent directly to Wernle or given through our church. 

portals of prayer

October-December Portals of Prayer are now available in the Welcome Centers and in the office. 


The Altar Flowers are given by Myron & Sue Buxton in Honor of Vicar Andrea and the rest of our dedicated staff.

Pub theology

Pub Theology is the place to be! We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:00 pm at Brew Nation in Celina. 

W.O.W. Announcements

  • Wednesday, September 27 is our Fall Kick Off to get the W.O.W. year started. Supper for this night only will start at 5:00pm. We will have a photographer here to take free family pictures. The night will have lots of fun activities for all ages. At 6:30, we invite all to come down to the FLC for a night of BINGO with some awesome prizes. To register for W.O.W., go to
  • W.O.W. is right around the corner and we are ready to kick it off with a Pies & More Baking Contest. Do you have a favorite pie/dessert recipe that you excel at making? If so, this is for you! To enter the contest, register at and have your baked goods here by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, September 27.
  • Our W.O.W. Shirts for 2023 will be a Short Sleeve 90% Cotton / 10% Polyester T-shirt. All are welcome to order one of these Heather Gray shirts. You aren’t required to have a shirt to attend W.O.W and you also can order a shirt if you don’t attend W.O.W. Orders must be received by October 1st. Each shirt will be $15 except for the adult 2X and 3X, those are $20 apiece. Order your shirt today!!!
  • It takes a village to run our W.O.W. program and we would love for you to be a part of that village. There are many volunteer opportunities to share your talents. Whether you commit to every week or to be an occasional back-up, we would love to have you! To sign up, please go to

purple door pacers

Purple Door Pacers meet and walk every Monday and Thursday morning at 10:00 am. We would love for you to come join us ! Our schedule can be found in the Tower or on the bulletin board outside of the office. All ages and all abilities are more than welcome to participate.

Home Communion Team

We are looking to get a home communion team up and running. Home communion ministers deliver communion to shut-ins to make sure that the whole body of the church can participate in the Eucharist. If you are willing to be a part of this vital ministry, please list it on the communication card, or call the office or Vicar Andrea at the church.